I've just come across this old article where it states:
"In the 12.10 release, Canonical entered into an affiliate agreement with Amazon. Under the agreement, search results from Amazon appear when users search their local hard drive. In the upcoming 13.04 release, this feature is going to be greatly expanded, with results from dozens of other companies appearing unless users turn the feature off."
It goes on to say:
"many distributions have compromised their anti-proprietary positions in order to get working hardware drivers and audio codecs."
I believe this is true for Ubuntu. This brings me to several questions:
- Is Amazon still an affiliate of Canonical?
- Is Elementary OS affiliated with any 3rd-parties that privacy-conscious users may want to opt-out of?
- Are their any proprietary components used in Elementary OS by default?